On Kendrick Lamar’s hit HUMBLE., he raps about someone “frontin’ on Man Man.” It turns out, that’s just another nickname he earned as a kid.
“From what my family tells me, I carried myself as a man – that’s why they called me ‘Man Man,’ ” Lamar says in his Rolling Stone cover story interview.
“I was seven years old playing tackle football with 14-year-olds. Anybody my older cousins was hanging with, that’s who I wanted to hang with,” the 30-year-old rapper says. “I’ve always been short. Everybody was always bigger and older than me. It gave me insight on people.”
That attitude has helped Lamar (who is roughly 5’6”, according to Sports Illustrated) in his career. Though his reputation “put a stigma on the idea of me reacting as a kid sometimes – I would hurt myself and they would expect me not to cry,” it “got me ready for the responsibility my fans put upon me” now, he says.
“I ended up getting tough skin, too, even with criticism. My first time in the studio, (label chief) Top Dawg was like, “Man, that (music’s) wack.” Other artists around couldn’t handle that. But it made me go back in the booth and go harder.”
For more on Lamar’s take on fame, his new music and Donald Trump, read on.